- stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority.
Origin of contumacy
Related Words for contumacyinsubordination, recalcitrance, disobedience, refractoriness, contempt, rebelliousness
Examples from the Web for contumacy
Historical Examples of contumacy
As they failed to appear they were condemned for contumacy and deposed.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe
James Harvey Robinson
If he has proceeded since, I shall hold him accountable for his contumacy.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six
To question his imbecile ideas is to stand in contumacy of the revelation of God.The American Credo
George Jean Nathan
He, however, added to his contumacy by surviving until his ninety-second year.The Magnificent Montez
But can the king forgive your intercession and Warwick's contumacy?The Last Of The Barons, Complete
- obstinate and wilful rebelliousness or resistance to authority; insubordination; disobedience
- the wilful refusal of a person to appear before a court or to comply with a court order
Word Origin for contumacy
late 14c., from Latin contumacia "haughtiness, insolence," noun of quality from contumax (see contumely).